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Peck Iron and Metal
EPA ID: VAN000306115
Congressional District: 3rd
Other Names: None
Last Updated: January 2015
- EPA to Conduct Remedial Investigation (PDF) (2 pp, 259 K)
- Health and Safety Plan - Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (PDF) (495 pp, 4.74 MB)
- Site Management Plan - Remedial Investigation/ Feasibility Study (PDF) (439 pp, 33.3 MB)
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- Preliminary field investigations in 2014 identified lead-214 and bismuth-214, the products of radioactive decay of radium-226. Radium-226 was once used to produce items such as luminous (glow-in-the-dark) instrument dials and watch faces.
- After this discovery, the field investigation was suspended and a radiation protection plan was developed for the Site.
- Field work is scheduled to resume summer 2015. Soil, groundwater, surface water and sediment samples will be collected and analyzed for organic compounds, including PCBs, metals, radionuclides, explosives and asbestos.
- From 1945 to 1999, Peck Iron and Metal purchased, processed, stored, and shipped metal scrap from various military bases; other Federal, state, and local government agencies; and local businesses.
- Scrap metal handled at the facility included damaged and obsolete equipment, attachments, parts, and other miscellaneous materials, including scrapped naval vessels.
- Some of these scrap materials contained cadmium (automobile parts), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) (insulated wire, gaskets, fluorescent lights and transformer oils) and lead (scrapped bridge sections and automobile batteries).
- PCB-containing transformers were disassembled at the facility and the wires were burned to remove insulation.
- The Site was proposed to the NPL on April 9, 2009, and was finalized on the NPL on November 4, 2009.
NPL Listing History
|Status: Final||Added:November, 2009|
- Between approximately 2004 and 2007, the current owner of the facility conducted a study to determine the extent of the contamination on the facility and in the Paradise Creek wetland. The results of that study were used to evaluate the Site for NPL inclusion.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) added Peck Iron and Metal to the National Priorities List (NPL) of most hazardous waste Sites on November 4, 2009.
- In May 2010, both the EPA and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)conducted interviews with local residents to gain their input on the development of a Community Involvement Plan (CIP).
- EPA initiated a Fund-lead Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study at the Site in September 2011.
- The groundwater and/or soil are contaminated with PCBs and metals, including arsenic, chromium, lead and nickel, from former metal recovery operations. Potential risks exist if individuals accidentally ingest or come in direct contact with contaminated groundwater or soil.
- Contaminant descriptions and risk factors are available from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, an arm of the CDC.
- To search an on-line database of all documents and reports on the Atlantic Wood Industries, Inc Site, go to EPA’s Administrative Record Database.
- All documents and reports can also be reviewed in person at these locations:
U.S. EPA Region 3 NPL Public Docket
c/o U.S. EPA Region 3 Library
1650 Arch Street, 2nd floor (3PM52)
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
- Some of the Site’s key documents of interest are accessible below.
Community Involvement Plan - October 2011 (PDF) (41 pp, 721 K)
Health and Safety Plan - Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (PDF) (495 pp, 4.74 MB)
Site Management Plan - Remedial Investigation/ Feasibility Study (PDF) (439 pp, 33.3 MB)
Hazard Ranking System (HRS) Documentation Record (PDF) (75 pp, 648k)*
* The documentation record provided is available at the time of proposal for informational purposes. An official copy of the documentation record and the documents referenced in it are available in the EPA Region 3 NPL Public Docket at the EPA Region 3 Library. Copies of materials in EPA's electronic docket for the Site's proposal to the NPL are also accessible online through Regulations.gov under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-SFUND-2009-0066.
- Submit a FOIA Request
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- Federal Register
04/09/2009: National Priorities List, Proposed Rule No. 50 (74 FR 16162-16179)
- Fact Sheets
May 2015 (PDF) (2 pp, 259 K)
May 2009 (PDF) (2 pp, 586 K)
- Press Releases
04/08/2009: EPA Adds Nine Hazardous Waste Sites to Superfund’s National Priorities List / EPA also proposes to add an additional 13 new Sites to the NPL
- This Site currently does not meet the criteria for Site-wide Ready for Anticipated Use; however parts of the Site may be suitable for reuse.
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